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Wax Nostalgic is the work of Hoang Tran, an artist residing in Sunnyvale, CA. Hoang carves geek and pop culture inspired characters out of everyday crayons. He draws influence from a variety of sources including movies, television, animation, comic books and video games.
Each crayon is hand carved using precise dental instruments under a bright light with the naked eye. The multiple colors that some of the carvings have are not made with paint. Instead wax from other colored crayons is melted and carefully applied to the main crayon. Thus each carving is made completely out of crayon wax.
Hoang enjoys combining the nostalgia of crayons from our childhood with the nostalgia of our favorite characters we grew up loving. By using crayons in an entirely new way, he hopes to encourage creative thinking outside the (crayon) box along with showing how ordinary things can become extraordinary.